|Andy explains that "one of the reasons I was
keen to buy Meadowgrove was because of the couple of acres of land that
the previous owners had used for pigs and sheep. Ever since I
did a distance learning course on viticulture and enology from the
University of California at Davis, I was itching to grow some
vines and make my own wine. Admittedly the first idea had been to do it
somewhere vines usually grow well like Southern France or Portugal,
but while the kids were still at school and a living had to be earned this
was not feasible. So the UK climate would have to do!"
Oxfordshire already has some excellent vineyards like Hendred, Bothy and
others so perhaps this wasn't such a dumb idea. Admittedly the location at
Meadowgrove breaks just about all the rules for vineyard site selection
but unfortunately the house and garden were first priority!
obviously establishing a vineyard is quite a long term project so these
pages chronicle the development as it happened. Enjoy!